Local Ice Hockey Star Joins All-star Line-up for International Ice Hockey Series
Australian ice hockey export Nathan Walker, will return to take the ice at home next year after being confirmed as a special selection for the USA team in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Series against Canada.
Sydney raised Walker will add some local flavor to the infamous and deep-seated rivalry between USA and Canada, which is returning to Australia after a sellout series earlier this year.
The organisers of the International Ice Hockey Series were excited to be bringing back the International Series, with local star Nathan Walker the first player announced outside of the team captains.
“We are pleased to announce Australian, Nathan Walker as the latest addition to the USA team in next year’s International Ice Hockey Series,” Craig Douglas commented.
“He is a rising star, and the first Australian ever to make the American Hockey League (the AHL) so I encourage all Aussie sports fans to come out and watch him alongside the USA and Canadian teams.”
Walker will be playing in the tour which visits his hometown of Sydney, along with Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane in an extended tour across July 2014. “I can’t wait to come back and play in Australia in front of a home crowd,” said Walker.
Walker played six seasons in the Czech Republic and spent the last part of last season in the US development circuit before getting drafted to the American Hockey League this year. Now the teenager is making headlines in the hockey community as the first Australian to score a goal in the American Hockey League history.
Nicknamed "Stormy", the 177 centimetre-tall forward makes up in speed and aggression for what he lacks in stature. Adding to his list of firsts, Walker is also the first Australian to have a fight in the league! “I’m not much of a fighter,” said Walker after the win. “I think the goal will probably be more (memorable.)”
Walker will join an all-star USA lineup captained by Zenon Konopka (of the Minnesota Wild), while Canada will be led by Kyle Quincey (of the Detroit Red Wings). They will be joined by a host of National Hockey League stars who will be announced in the coming months.
Both teams are playing for a very important cause called ‘Stopconcussions’, an organisation that drives awareness around brain injury to both fans and players alike. Recognising that this is an important issue in Australia, a portion of the funds raised through merchandise sales will be shared with Brain Injury Australia: http://www.braininjuryaustralia.org.au/.
With speeds of up to 191.5 km/hour, Ice Hockey is reputedly the fasted sport on the planet, and with national pride at stake the infamous rivalry will give fans a unique opportunity to see the stars of the sport face-off.
Fans are encouraged to get in quick and purchase tickets via internationalicehockey.com.au and ticketek.com.au.
With tickets starting from $85, this exhilarating, once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with big names of North American Ice Hockey, is not to be missed.
The USA vs Canada International Ice Hockey games will be played at the following venues:
Perth – Saturday 12 July, 2014 Perth Arena
Brisbane – Saturday 19 July, 2014 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Melbourne – Friday 25 July, 2014 Rod Laver Arena
Sydney – Saturday 26 July, 2014 Allphones Arena
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